MEET the mature moggies in need of a loving new home.
These OAP felines are being overlooked despite many cats now living longer into their late teens and early 20s due to improvements in care, according to Cat Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre.
The Padgate centre on Elizabeth Drive have a number of cats aged 10 and over looking for homes but staff say potential pet owners are opting for fluffy kittens instead.
Manager Sonia Scowcroft said: “While 10 years ago the household moggie could have been expected to live to around 13, today’s life expectancy is much higher and we have seen many cats surviving to their late teens and early 20s in remarkably good health.
“However, their longer existence places the centre under strain because older cats can block up pen spaces for many months which means we are unable to help other needy cats or kittens until the older ones are found new homes.
“It is a shame because older cats have a lot to offer, as they tend to be lap cats and have much more settled natures.
“Though the centre does its very best to care for older cats, life in a pen is no substitute for a permanent home so I would urge people to consider adopting an older cat.”
Here’s our top six Warrington pensioner pusscats in need of a home:
1. Claudette This cute cross-eyed siamese, aged 11, was found as a stray and has since had to have a thyroid operation.
She is now ready to be rehomed having spent 91 days at the centre.
2. Sophie After her owner was evicted, this 13-year-old feline was taken to the centre alongside another cat called Rodney.
She may be on the chunky-side after one too many treats with her previous owner but she is now ready for a new home.
3. Quinne ‘Low maintenance lady’ Quinne has been at the centre for 159 days after her elderly owner was taken into a care home.
The 14-year-old is one of the oldest at the centre and is now desperate for a new home after spending months in a pen.
4. Gus This 11-year-old moggy was taken to the centre alongside another cat after his owner passed away.
His friend was rehomed quickly but poor Gus has been waiting for 124 days.
5. Eleanor After not getting on with her previous owner’s dog, Eleanor was taken to the centre and has since been looking for a home for 115 days.
The 10-year-old will need regular grooming to keep her coat looking beautiful.
6. Toby At nine-years-old, Toby is a youngster compared to some of the cats on our list but has been suffering from a stress-related skin condition.
But after 180 days at the centre he is now ready for new owners to look after him.
For advice about caring for a cat or to offer a cat a home, call 03000 12 06 12 or visit the centre at 14 Elizabeth Drive, Padgate.